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It has been the most glorious fine weather this weekend, and to top off spending the morning in the garden and mowing lawns, all 30 birds for my Bird Dance project have been finished and sewn together.
I have decided not to make the berry border for it,( much to my sister's disgust) because I figure I'll never get it finished otherwise, I am now just waiting on the delivery of some felt for the borders and then I think I will splurge and get it quilted professionally.
I have enjoyed making these birds in conjunction with my sister - it has been quite fun to each work on the same project, but know they will be totally different reflecting our own personalities and tastes.I have learnt a lot of new stitches, have developed a love of beautiful threads. and think that there may be an embroidery project somewhere in my future.
Now that my bird dance project is just about finished, it is time for my sister Janine and I, to start the felt/embroidery project of my choosing. I debated long and hard whether to do another Sue Spargo project or a Wendy Williams quilt using these materials. In the end, in what was a fortuitous find, I happened to be looking through a new quilt book at the library one day, when I came across this project for a mini quilt with applique flowers and embroidery. Straight away, I knew that this was my project.
While I was in Australia, I presented the pattern to my sister, and we picked the fabric we will use as as our background. Very hard to see in this light, but it is a textured deep inky blue cotton. We may not do the border of tiny half square triangles it requires, but are looking at other options, whether a patterned fabric, or a trim of some description. All that is left now is for me to choose my colour palette, and then I can start this project, with the aim of finishing it by the end of the year.
Time to relax with a cuppa and a good book now. Have a great week.